Feeds

Electronic piracy must be stamped out -EC

So tell us how

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Boost IT visibility and business value

The European Commission is calling on all Member States to implement and enforce laws giving paid-for content providers protection from electronic piracy.

In the EC's book, electronic pay-services are provided by TV, radio and internet, but it is clear that the big sums being lost to piracy are leeching out of pay-TV.

In a report published yesterday on the implementation of the 1998 Directive on legal protection for electronic pay services, the EC urged members to fight electronic piracy. "The pirates and those who use their devices are taking a free ride on the backs of legitimate operators and users," it says. An early and powerful signal from Member States will prevent electronic pay-services piracy becoming socially acceptable, in the manner of digital music piracy, the Commission argues.

It is keen to closed any electronic piracy safe havens within individual Member States, although it does not name or shame any countries. Pay-for TV companies should get their act together too, the EC says. Consumers do not see why they are refused access to subscriber services because they are in the "wrong" country. If they can't pay for services, they will look for pirated smart cards to gain access. So TV broadcasters, for instance, should navigate their way through contractual agreements to provide cross-border services and payment options, the EC recommends. ®

The EC report is here. &Reg;

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE
4,000 pixels is niche now... Don't say we didn't warn you
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg
The Social Network deflates the PC resurgence with mobile-only usage prediction
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.